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Myrtle Beach Bike Week - To Rally or Not

Thursday, January 14, 2010
It doesnt say bikes only  it says bikers only. A message too subtle.
Once upon a time Myrtle Beach may have been 'Bikers Only,' but recently it has changed to 'No Bikers Allowed.'
It was once one of the premier motorcycle rallies in the country, mentioned in the same breath as Daytona Bike Week, Sturgis, and Laconia. The shores of the Grand Strand would be flooded with motorcyclists enjoying the spring weather on the beautiful Atlantic beaches along the South Carolina coastline. Hotels and campgrounds were full, cash poured into the area, and for 68 years Myrtle Beach Bike Week attracted hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts over the course of a couple of weeks in May. Until last year.

In 2009, the Myrtle Beach City Council and its mayor John Rhodes shocked the motorcycling community when it declared that the city was pulling the plug on a 69-year-old tradition, citing excessive noise, traffic congestion, and general unruliness as grounds for cancelling Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2009. The city of Myrtle Beach itself enacted 15 new rules and regulations aimed at deterring bikers from their annual May exodus to the shores of the Grand Strand. A city-wide helmet law was enacted, the only one in the state, giving police more grounds to harass bikers at every turn.

The end result angered many locals as well as putting off motorcyclists. Businesses that relied on the yearly income boost that hundreds of thousands bikers provided voiced their opposition the loudest, but the damage had been done. Bikers came, but in small numbers. Many avoided Myrtle Beach altogether, opting to take their business to surrounding moto-friendly communities like North Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet instead. With that being said, what about this year? Will there be a Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2010?
 
The answer is yes, according to Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson’s marketing director, Mike Shank.
 
“The rally is on for this year. It will be a five-day event, from May 11-16. It will be a nice five-day event, but not what people are used to,” Shank said.

Try as they might  sportbikes cant hide in a field of cruisers.
Hmm, let's see now, how many motorcycles can you count? That means how many people need a place to stay, somewhere to eat, and are looking for a good local dive to pop inside and have some fun? You do the math.
The website Myrtle Beach Bike Week, LLC is a little more ambitious, listing the dates for this year’s rally from May 7-16. The Dog House Bar & Grill is also billing MBBW on the same dates, from May 7-16. But the days of a 10-day long mega-rally disappeared with the enactment of Myrtle Beach’s helmet law, a fact that Shank confirmed.
 
“It will never be a 10-day event again, unless something drastic happens,” he said.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week will never return to its former glory as long as bikers feel unwelcome, and as of today, the laws that were enacted last year are still in place, the same mayor and three out of four incumbents to the city council who lobbied for the end of MBBW got re-elected, and no vendors are allowed to set-up in the city of Myrtle Beach itself. In fact, vendors have to pay in excess of $900 for a seven-day permit and the areas they are allowed to set-up in are predominantly on the low-visibility fringes of the rally. Limited permit numbers in lousy locations with high vendor fees means it’s not really worth setting up. Noise ordinances are in place, curfews and helmet laws are still in effect, and city police are ready to pad their ticket books with costly citations at motorcyclist’s expense.

But outlying areas like North Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet are still actively promoting the event, attempting to distance themselves from the decisions of the Myrtle Beach City Council. Sonny Copeland, proprietor of the Myrtle Beach Bike Week website, claims that Myrtle Beach’s role has always been more by default than anything else, stating that originally it was called Myrtle Beach Bike Week solely because riders headed to the rally came in on the 501 freeway which dead-ended into town. Myrtle Beach was where they rode into first before heading north or south along the Grand Strand. But now, riders don’t even have to travel inside the town of Myrtle Beach itself. They can skirt it by taking the 31 bypass from Hwy 544 or the 501.

Because even though Myrtle Beach doesn’t want bikers in their town, Sonny assures me that “The working-class business people are for it. They realize that if the bikers
Adding high-class to this models ploy was a man with a can begging for donations from anyone taking a picture of her. So we took a picture of the guy who was having his picture taken with her.
Ahh, remember back-in-the-day how much fun was to be had at Myrtle Beach? Will those scenes fade into distant memory or are new memories waiting to be had? You decide.
come during Bike Week and enjoy the area that there is a high probability they will be back again, maybe next time on family vacation for a week on the beach with family and kids.”

Shank stated that it’s a tough question. “I think overall in the entire county that people are more pro-bike week than anti-bike week. However, in the city three of the four incumbents were re-elected. And that’s what matters most.”

Speaking of incumbents, Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes is still in office after winning re-election in November. Rhodes campaign was well-funded. A SunNews.com article states that he was backed by three political action committees, who shelled out over $250,000 in campaign contributions. This doesn’t include Rhodes personal expenses. His opposition, former Myrtle Beach Mayor Mark McBride, is scheduled to release his spending figures to the South Carolina Ethics Commission within the next week, but as of this date it states that he only took in $700. Granted, his campaign spent much more than that between TV ads, signs, and other expenditures, but according to Sonny, McBride spent proverbial pennies on the dollar in comparison to Rhodes. All for a position that pays $20,000 yearly. Apparently a high price was put on assuring that he remained in office. Rhodes was the one who officially declared that the city would no longer host motorcycle rallies and was instrumental in getting the motorcycle-related laws passed.
 
One of the laws, the city-mandated helmet law, has grown into a bigger issue and is scheduled to head to the South Carolina Supreme Court on Feb. 3. On the surface, the case is a challenge to the city’s helmet law. The larger issue is whether a city government can create a law that goes against state decree. A lot is contingent on the upcoming case. If politically powerful Myrtle Beach residents can get the helmet law passed, overriding state law, then the case could set precedence. If the powers that be can get the helmet law overridden, what’s next? What’s rumored to be at stake is the development of casinos along Myrtle Beach and the big target is hinted to be the statewide gaming ordinances, as gambling is currently illegal in the state of South Carolina. Are the Myrtle Beach helmet laws a front for bigger cases to come? Only time will tell.

To further complicate the issue, one member of the Horry County Council, Harold Worley, and former Horry County Councilman, Mark Lazarus, are lobbying to bring the annual Harley Owners Group rally to North Myrtle Beach. The duo is expected to present their plans to the North Myrtle Beach City Council on Feb. 1. The two said “this permit would
Even old metric pseudo-cruisers have gotten in on the custom chopper craze.
While on the surface, it's about helmet laws and biker rallies, but it appears there's bigger issues at stake in Myrtle Beach.
allow the town to test the water with the motorcycle event before moving forward with ordinance changes that would be necessary for a long-term commitment to the Harley group.” The annual HOG convention brings an estimated 10,000 Harley-Davidson owners together. HOG is also considering holding its annual rally in Ocean City, Md., and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lazarus and Worley have a vested interest in the matter. According to the SunNews.com article, the HOG event would be held at the O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park that is owned by Lazurus and Worley. It's also ironic that the current and former councilman who are promoting the HOG rally were on the same Horry County Council that reduced the number of vendor permits, increased fees and reduced the days a vendor can sell last year. While desiring to resuscitate an area that has been hurt badly by the recent economic downfall is honorable, the motivations behind selectively allowing one group in is questionable.

So whether Myrtle Beach has a Bike Week or not depends on the rider. The city itself has burned its bridges. But surrounding communities on the Strand could desperately use our help. Will motorcyclists say ‘to hell with them’ and let what once was a hallowed tradition fade into obscurity, or will they thumb their noses in the face of the minority who are trying to keep us out and come anyways? Unfortunately, Sonny summed it up best.
 
“It’s all greed and politics.”
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Kelly -HA HA  August 3, 2010 10:08 AM
So N.myrtle beach wants all the action... Well Prove it... Horry county correct me if I'm wrong but didn't one of their county cops run over a couple of bikers and the county declined to prosecute him?? and when I use to ride around n myrtle I saw a lot of housing that stated no motorcycles... SO who wants to go to N. Myrtle? it's a strip Mall,crowed, and not at all Biker friendly or nice. Even the Dealerships suck ONE day AFTER Listen AFTER bike week My wife and I came into town with a bald tire the Stealership would not I repeat would not change it without an appointment. I even went so far as to ask for two wrenches so I could pull my tire off they refused and then said you'd still need an appointment to get the tire changed... and they the Man told me to just put it back on the trailer and if it at home... I wasn't trailering and told him so. He said good Luck......... NEver NEVER will that area get a dime from me
jerz -stunt show  July 6, 2010 09:01 AM
We had a great time at ssb here a link to the stunt show we did http://www.vimeo.com/11798472
Law-vet -Undeterred  May 16, 2010 05:48 AM
Myrtle was a ghost town, your right. Murrells Inlet was so busy it took 25 minutes to go through. The inlet should send thank you cards to Myrtle for triple the business. Had a blast this year with all the fake bikers gone and bike week back to it's roots, brother bikers. Vendors are hurting but that's economy related not Myrtle. Still looking for Wildfig though, been all over the Grand Strand and can't seem to find the Grand Biker.
worbekim -joke week  May 15, 2010 08:07 AM
Been in mb 2days now and it's a ghost town for the most part
Little Willie -Black Sheep HDFC  May 10, 2010 02:29 AM
They just forgot what fun is and became what fun is not in that town... Bikers like to have fun. They come to town spend lots of money have fun and then go home and they do the same thing when they get back home. Look at Hollister for the last few years a few in the town have been trying to shut the run down. But if you talk to the people they love the bikers. The amount of problem at any of these events is at minimum.

But they will do what they will do. And the biker will find other roads to ride.

Your Little Brother in Christ Jesus
Little Willie
Black Sheep HDFC
Parrothead -Dirty no good drunk biker not welcome in MB  May 7, 2010 06:18 PM
This is a shore town. Am I to assume that no one gets drunk when bikers are not in town?

Doesn't matter, I get the hint. MB does not want my hard earned money. I'll be happy to take it to Ocean City MD, or somewhere else. I had a good time in 2008 when I was there with friends, and actually considered going back with my family. Not now.

And for the record, this dirty drunk biker is a CPA who puts 15,000 miles a year on his Harley to relax.
Dave -Please  May 7, 2010 07:25 AM
Lets don't stop now. Just because MB did.There's plenty to do outside of the city of MB.If we give up now then they have won,and I wont do that.We had a great time last year and are going to this year.I never went inside the city of MB that much befor anyway.
WildCard Z -Beach Bum  April 30, 2010 06:17 PM
I'm really hoping there will be a large crowd and everyone stays longer - at least until May 21! The reason? http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/04/30/1449140/funeral-protesters-head-for-strands.html If the link doesn't work, it tells about the Westboro Baptist Church coming to the Grand Strand area to protest at local schools and churches. This church is famous for their "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" signs among other distasteful slogans. I'm hoping there's enough activist bikers who love to demonstrate for our vets and our country that reads these messages. If there is one group that needs to be drowned out by the roar of motorcycles, this these cultists. IF anyone knows some vet groups who organize biker protests, please notify them of this!
Bulldog Mike -school boy lol!  April 26, 2010 06:37 PM
Go Boss!
There is plenty of stuff to do and great food there! I just have a problem with MB proper! Screw them!!! The cristal coast is a great place to be... I've decided to ride on down.. SBB rules !!!
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bosseddy -why? hate  April 25, 2010 06:41 PM
Coming to the rally to enjoy the hospitality of the majority of people there, but wild pig does not want anyone to visit. makes one think after reading his comments that a yankee must of took care of his old lady last year,
Bulldog Mike -MB bypass  April 21, 2010 01:38 PM
After 15 straight years of attendance I chose to stay home and keep the money I usually spend on MBBW last year. I happen to live near New Bern, NC where that poor excuse of a rally took place. I didn't attend that either but my friends say it was a joke! If I decide to ride down this year I will totally bypass MB and head south to MI. We shall see....
The Queen -Our last year  April 21, 2010 10:02 AM
This is our last year to go to Myrtle Beach in the Spring. We have rented the same beach house in Surfside for 16 years and every year they jack the rate for a "special event" week. Screw them! And last year, the place was a ghost town. Only good thing was you could get a parking spot right away and a cold beer. It just ain't the same anymore. We'll go spend our hard earned money somewhere else.
Eastern Ohio -Medical Professional  April 14, 2010 11:19 AM
We come to bike week every year and last year was no different. We will be there this year as well. We did not even ride up through town last year and did not support any of the MB restaurants and/or establishments. There is certainly plenty to do all around the area of MB and we did not miss the town of MB at all. The idea of bike week is meeting new friends and having a great time and we do not need the town of MB for this. Everyone in the outlying areas welcomed us with open arms. There were not nearly as many bikers but it is up to you to bring them back. We do not need the town of MB to have bike week . . Garden City and North Myrtle are equally as good or even better. It is not too late to plan your vacation for next month. We will have a great time. It is attitude and what we make of the situation.
JTS -Thanks for the info  April 12, 2010 03:38 PM
I just wanted to say thanks for writing this article, I have been looking all over the net to find out something about Bike week in Myrtle Beach but have not found much I have never been to bike week even though i have lived in Charlotte NC for 12 years this gives me some good info however it's a little sad that the city of Myrtle beach does not want us.
Law-Vet -Kudos  April 7, 2010 08:31 AM
Nice post. It's good to see a true working residence opinion and not just those of the the people who retire down there and want to turn MB into another Florida. 32 days left to MBBW, see ya down there.
Myrtle Beach Girl -Myrtle Beach Police  April 6, 2010 07:02 PM
I am a wife of one of the Myrtle Beach police officers. I wanted to let everyone have a inside look at what your officers really think about all this. Majority of the officer in Myrtle Beach are in total agreement with all of you. They all know that City Counsel is dirty. The Police are not interested in writing you tickets and they want you here. I cant speak for the entire department but I can speak for quite a few of them. The Police would rather have the harley riders than tourist any day of the week. Please know that the officers are simply helpless in these matters. I think someone should bring it to the news medias attention and ask some of your street officers down on the beach how they fill about this. You know what you would hear..you would hear how many of them are working second jobs to feed their families...you would here how the Police department cut all of their overtime but yet paved the parking lot of the PD 3 days later. You will hear a plea for the bikers to come. Because if you dont come things will never change here. This is not about the Harleys and each one of you know that. So please lets rise above come to the city enjoy yourselfs. I do caution you to becareful you will notice that there will not be as much police presence as normal due to the overtime being cut out. So please becareful. I love the harleys and I have been a bike fan since birth. Please try and see things on not such a personal level. And before you critize your officers on the streets take time to get their opinion. I promise 15,000 a year pay cut which is was many of them took...they are much more intersted in being your friend then the city counsels. Have a great and safe week to all of you. We look forward to seeing you in our town soon.
LMA -MBBW 2010  April 3, 2010 12:58 PM
I have been going down to MB for 17 years during Bike Week!!! I can't believe that the stupid ass people in office don't care about all the local businesses & how they suffered last year...Most going out of business!!!!!! I was disappointed last year when I got to the beach but I WILL NOT LET THAT GET ME DOWN!!!!! We will continue to go and make the best of our vacation.....Not going is a sign of weakness letting those idiots win......If they haven't realized that their city has lost MILLIONS of $$$$ then they are just plain STUPID!!!!! Several of us go together and are still going this year C'mon HD Bikers...Show your support and go to MB!!!!!!!!!! If we alll flood the area that will PISS them off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wildpig -mr wildpig  March 22, 2010 09:39 AM
as i said--there aint no more mb rally................. an like i said- horry county aint your friend......... some of yall evidently cant read-- there is no more myrtle beach rally...........
I luv South Carolina -former NJer,  March 21, 2010 09:13 PM
When I bought my house in MB, because of going to the rallies and loving the beach, the business people said BLACK BIKE week ruined it for all the bikers. You wouldn't believe what they were doing. The towns people pushed up on the politicians to do something about it. So they enacted laws. What else can a poll do beside get a girlfriend and pass laws. Anyway, I don't want Al Sharpton or Jackson down here and suing SC for hurting feelings of the brothers. Because the politicians can't come out and say hey you "blank" can't come to bike week.

I like my taxes just the way they are, that's why I moved here. I don't want to give handouts to people who don't work and will sue. If you want to see what's going on up north and why taxes are so high, see www.philly.com, see the flash mob attacking the white guy. 3rd time in a month this has happened. And yesterday, they gave 57,000 applicants rent from Federal housing money over several hundred million dollars. In just Philadelphia. Very Scary!

So unless we come up with a White Al and Jesse, to get on down to the Atlantic Beach and make the savages behave like they are in a civilized country we will continue to have savages from the jungle.

I'm ready to go are you?
teresa -harlet owner  March 19, 2010 08:48 PM
stupid stupid people , mb authorities lose millions of dollars just to avoid a little noise or extra traffic for one week ,thats right millions of dollars . i spoke to a city council member of mb and he sadi they didnt want their kids to learn bad behavior from bikers and i told him if his kids rode a public school bus or had access to a computer they would learn alot worse than what a biker would show them in a week and besides their kids should either be in school in may still and not be on the streets at night or near the local bars duh harley owner and successful business owner in ohio , by the way daytona bike week got my money in march at bike week 2010 and myrtle beach can dry up and rot
Rugrat Rally -Harley360  March 15, 2010 11:08 AM
WE STILL BELIEVE. Come join the festivities and be part of breaking a Guinness Book of World Record for the most Harley Davidson motorcycles in a single ride during the Myrtle Beach Spring Rally. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation along with The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. We invite all motorcyclists to this event only Harley's will be counted for the World Recordl You can register online at www.rallyfortherugrats.com. The donation to ride is $40.00 with a $15.00 extra rider fee. There will be awesome goodie bags for all riders including commemorative t-shirts, pins, discount coupons from business along the Grand Strand and a surprise or two. We also have sponsorship opportunities available. Call 407-235-5212 We will be announcing shortly the route for the ride, where the rally start and end points are. This is an awesome opportunity to take part in a world record attempt and also provide much needed help to a couple of great charities. If you are coming to the Myrtle Beach Spring Rally make sure you take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Tell all your Harley friends about this exciting event.
Robert Gardner -Welcome Bike Riders!  March 12, 2010 05:31 AM
Check out my house in Surfside. I've had bikers stay for the last 6 years. Check my prices. It's a house not a motel room. You won't beat the price anywhere. Check here:vrbo.com/34679.
Inletguy -Murrells Inlet is and always has been for Bikers  March 12, 2010 05:12 AM
Dont own a bike now but have in the past, I moved to Murrells Inlet just over 3 years ago, and shortly after attended my first bike week, lol I was surrounded, i had no choice. I have to say that bikers are 100% welcome in Murrells Inlet and that goes for everyone that lives hear. We love the fun, the bikes and the people. Most people who make up this area support the bike rally and always have. You are right it is politicians that ruin everything for all of us, just listen to the news.

My advice is the fun and good times will be here as always, but if you let a politician win you lost, this will be overturned one day and you will win but we need your support and protests to make it happen, it always comes down to the will of the people and bikers are just folks like us that live here, and we love making new biker friends every year.


maxieslady -bike week in mrtyle beach  March 11, 2010 03:41 PM
My husband and I BEEN going to MYRTLE BEACH for 25 years. Now that it wants to be a ass about us bikers.They can kiss my ass.The only reason they stop Harley week is cause of Black Bike Week.They can't stop Black Bike Week without stopping Harley week. And I can understand that.I've been down there during Black Bike Week.They tear the town up and leave a mess. I well not go down there that week. And it is a shame that some people mess it up for other people.Well now I go to Cherokee rally now.Better riding and they welcome bikers.OH by the way.Cherokee rally APRIL 23.Want to ride in peace.I'LL SEE YOU THERE
HD Clown -Strange Bunch of Comments  March 4, 2010 11:01 AM
Quite a bizarre bunch of comments here. It is silly to think that HD riders are the only people with "loud pipes and clown costumes". Ok, I admit I have a HD. Just got it to go with my Ducati. I can tell you that the Ducati has legal slip-ons with baffles and the HD has legal slip-ons. The Ducati is MUCH louder than most HDs. But only if I get on it or try, which will happen on occasion. And I have 2 sets of clown costumes. One for when I ride the Ducati. All leathers from top to bottom with some flashy graphics and a flashy painted helmet. The HD costume consists of a pair fo jeans with protection and a leather jacket with protection. I always wear a helmet no matter the law, but that is simply my choice. Some weekend during spring break go sit on the strip and listen to the cars with their fart pipes and their loud music. There is no difference. There are people there causing problems and that have had too much to drink. Doesn't make either one right. Just a fact. There are idiots in cars, idiots on motorcycles and idiots walking down the streets of MB. Why single out the motorcycles? And as for being a "stupid trailer trash idiot poser"... Well, I make better than 6 figures and have for several years. I have more than $29K in my HD and nearly $20K in my Ducati. I plan to build a bike next. I live in an upscale gated community. I have a Masters Degree in Computer Science. I ride almost 20K miles a year between the 2 bikes. Stop talking if you don't know what you are talking about. You live in the best country in the world and you have a choice. If you don't like where you live, move. If you don't like how you are treated when you visit somewhere, don't go. Stop fighting and arguing for the sake of fighting and arguing.
Harley Rider -Rider  February 21, 2010 07:18 AM
I have attended the rally in MB for five years no. My son and I have enjoy spending time there and riding. last year i broke tradition and attended only the fall rally unlike most I stayed in a hotel in MB with some friends from my area mainly because the motel we stay at has always treated uz well. I spent some money on food as well at 2 restuarants that have always been nice to us.

I rode my bike through MB everyday and every resident I spoke with thanked my friends and I for attending. We had no problems with local law enforcement we did not ride through town or the strip to see how much noise we could make.


I hope the rally continues like we say a few bad apples don't represent bikers, likewise a few bad residents of MB don't represent its population or businesses either. I appreciate the respect hospitaly and dignity the people of MB showed us during our stay. There are nay sayers in all walks of life most will receive their just rewards.
Jennifer -harleynurse  February 11, 2010 11:38 AM
After reading all the comments and apparently uneducated remarks on here about bikers, I couldn't bite my tongue any longer. I've been coming to bike week for over 10 years, never gotten a ticket or had any problems there and had a blast. I grew up on motorcycles, riding with my dad then with boyfriends, and then eventually bought my own. First, about the loud pipes, Loud pipes do in fact save lives. People in vehicles often disregard bikers thinking that the biker will be able to stop or swerve before coming into contact with them and often in other cases they simply don't see the bike. So if you can hear them you tend to look for them. Often times, when motorcycles are involved in accidents, its where a car has pulled out in front of the motorcycles. Now as for bikers being rednecks or biker trash, apparently the people making these comments have never looked into the cost of buying and the up keep on a Harley. Thats why there is a little common "inside" joke among Harley owners that the HD in Harley Davidson really stands for Hundred Dollars, because they aren't cheap. Alot of your lawyers, judges, cops, vets, soliders, doctors, and nurses are Harley riders. Funny I would be willing to bet that you wouldn't dare call us stupid while we are saving your uneducated and ungrateful lives. Yes MB is a vacation spot, so the ones there that complain about the noise, well bikeweek has been there for almost 70 years, you should have checked into that before moving to a tourist area. As for the money we spend there, let the mayor raise your taxes and it come out of your pocket for the up keep and improvements of your town then. As for bikers being worthless and being no account, I will say this, apparently you have been blessed in your life with family and friends that have never needed help during a medical crisis or known a child that wasn't going to have Christmas. I speak for alot of bikers on this, we are more than happy to come together for a fund raiser and biker run regardless of the cold or rain, to raise money for kids Christmas or a child in the hospital or simply a stranger down on their luck. How many of you anti-bikers would climb out of your nice warm bed to help a stranger. NONE! So before you start knocking us for the choices we make with what we do in our free time, maybe you should see just how much good a biker has done for someone you know or your community.
I will be there again for bikweek, however I won't stay in MB. Yes I will be in Garden City and Murrell's Inlet where they appreciate everything about bikers. For any fellow bikers that intend to stay true to something that you love, you can find me at SBB or Broken Spoke. See ya there!
Rhonda Lee Welsch -Organizer of "1st Annual Daytona Bike Week Freedom Rally- 2010"  February 9, 2010 07:19 PM
I just read your article and it speaks to the heart of the attack against the people by the bureaucrats all over America! This is not only a Biker Issue- This is what is happening all across our Nation to every American Citizen: The Constitution is being dismantled by the people who have been entrusted with the authority to uphold the law and it is time to "take our country back!"

Check out my website and let me know what you think. I have rallied a team of true Freedom Fighters who are ready to stand up and fight for our rights at the polls and on our city streets. We are America, we have the power, God gave it to us and no man can take it away; it must be surrendered! Are you ready to fight for your FREEDOM?

Your public servants must be removed from office and it is now or never!
The 1st Amendment, secured by the 2nd Amendment,must we prove it?
Live Free, RIDE FREE!
We will Educate, Motivate, and Inspire all to take part in the process that guarantees action. Go to the polls and
VOTE for the Right man- never forget the price that was paid for your freedom....
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Law-vet -truth  February 8, 2010 11:02 AM
Amen John!
John -Still Going  February 8, 2010 08:11 AM
I have been going to the Myrtle Beach rally for 20 years. I am a vet, college graduate, father of 3 grown sons and ride a motorcycle. I will continue to go to the rally, however the city of Myrtle Beach will not get a dime from me. The rally was just as good as ever last spring and the city of Myrtle beach is just one small segment of the Grand Strand.
Law-Vet -He has spoken!  February 6, 2010 12:40 PM
Well I guess that makes it official folks, pig says theres no more bikeweek. Cancel all reservations, sell the time shares, hell probably better just sell our mcy's also.
wildpig -mr wildpig to you  February 5, 2010 08:42 AM
heres a clue-- THERE AINT NO MYRTLE BEACH BIKE RALLY NO MORE....................
Crude -Support Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2010  February 4, 2010 01:28 PM
visit my site at http://www.springbeachrally.com
Ron B -Unbelievable  February 4, 2010 10:36 AM
My wife and I have been coming to Myrtle Beach for 38 years. There is nowhere we would rather spend our vacations. We live in Va. and make the trip three times a year. Spring Bike week, our anniversary in July and also for Fall Bike Week. During these trips I also enjoy golf and count the days until we can get out of town to relax at our favorite place. We are professionals and have a six figure income, not hellraisers that just got out of prison and are looking to cause trouble. We just love riding Harleys.
For the last ten years we really enjoyed the great riding weather, the bars, the vendors and everything associated with the spring rally. Last spring I decided NOT to bring my bike down as I did not want to deal with the crap that Myrtle Beach was going to be dishing out to the biker community. We watched as the overzealous police harassed even law abiding riders and heard horror stories about how law enforcement was making it clear we were not wanted back again. Obviously these tactics involved selective profiling which I thought was against the law. All of this because the people that live in Myrtle Beach or have property there have decided that Myrtle Beach belongs to them and not the people that spend millions coming there.
I am going to the Spring Rally this year and taking my bike . I'll just stay up north or down south and spend my money.
Bad elements aside, the biking community is a great bunch of people that like to let their hair down and have fun doing what they enjoy doing and hanging out with their buds and Buds.
The police should enforce the law against the lawbreakers just as they do every day. Leave the law abiding bikers alone and let them enjoy their time in peace.
Maybe some of those tight-asses should get them a bike and see what a good time can be had instead of staying in the house watching game shows and playing bridge. Kinda makes me want to ride through these retirement communities at full throttle to express my opinion.
West Virginia -mb bike week--response to mb resident--aka clown week  February 3, 2010 12:34 PM
In response to the resident of myrtle beach..you have absolutely no idea what bike week is about. You live in a tourist attraction and if you dont like all the chaos then maybe you should consider another place to live! You dont own Myrtle Beach and you are wrong about *Loud pipes save lives**. It truly shows what you know and how ignorant and stupid you are when it comes to this. I do wear a helmet and protective gear and I can tell you first hand loud pipes do save lives! Deer and other animals can hear you coming from the side of the road much quicker than a standard automobile.
Also...us **clowns** as you call us spend millions there that week including lodging for one week..2-3 meals a day and all the shopping that is done. The same for your beach-goers and golfers! I suppose they are not considered clowns. There is nothing cheap about harley davidison. We spent 20,000 on our motorcycle and hundreds of dollars on harley clothing and gear. I hope the city keeps your ignorant mentality and you lose millions of dollars! Have much fun when your taxes are raised! thanks mayor rhodes for that one! Peace!
Mr Rider -Long live Bike Week  January 28, 2010 09:41 PM
Long live bike week. You can't not stop American from travelings where they please, whether in a car or on a bike. Bike week will continue with or with out the support of the Myrtle beach government.

Bike Week and Black Bike Week are not cancel http://www.blackbikeweeks.com/2010/01/black-bike-week-2010-dates/

- Mr Biker
"Politication like diapers, should be changed oftened, and for the same reason"
Law-vet -Stupid is as stupid types  January 28, 2010 12:18 PM
The clues are quite obvious by the lack of English skills and 13yr old comebacks you post that your one of those trailer trash biker wanna be's that has more Harley shirts then you have miles on a mcy. Your referance to SBB, the virtual hub for the biker show offs and jerk offs, proves my point. Either that or your one of the idiots down there trying to end MBBW that's too spineless to post as such. I'm betting on the trailer based on your lack of grammer. Either way I don't need to point out what a tool you are, your post do it for me.
wildpig -mr wildpig  January 28, 2010 07:56 AM
ride free? moron u aint gotta clue..... get on yer borrowed mo ped an ride it down to sbb an clean the urinals poser........... i bet u gotta genuine hd belt buckle an really make me laff-- the wallet chain hangin off yer ass thinkin yer jest cool as hell............ hahahahahahaha like i said u aint never an will never have a clue.................
Law-vet -English MF, do you speak it?!  January 27, 2010 07:00 PM
Your right, there is no rally. Keep telling your self that. Someone that thinks an entire county doesn't like him so he won't ride there can keep his dumbass home. Go ride the corner and tell everyone what a tough biker you are and how the Yanks took over South Carolina. I'll be in Myrtle enjoying MBBW with out posers like you getting in my way. Leave bikeweek to the bikers that don't hide because they're afraid they're not liked. For the bikers Here. I'll cya in May and Oct just like I did last year. Ride free.
wildpig -mr wildpig  January 27, 2010 04:11 PM
heres a clue-- u got it all wrong. corpprate harley dont support the rally ,,there is no rally. it's over dead gone . horry county dont like 2 wheels --get over it........... mb wont nottin but a dam yankee rally no how-- u wouldnt know anythang bout that.............
Law-vet -I don't run  January 27, 2010 10:50 AM
Pig, what part of Myrtle were you doing your "bike'n" in? Outside of The Doghouse the only thing that took place in Myrtle was the the hotels and the fake ass biker wanna be's that crusied up and down the strip trying to get attention. Anyone from the area knows the whole anti-bike week started with the kid that was shot over the parking spot during Atlantic Bikefest aka Black Bikeweek. After several businesses were sued by the NAACP for shutting down during BBW (non did that during MBBW) the powers that be made it a Motorcycle issue to cover their ass. I've been a MBBW attendent for several years and used the city of Myrtle as a thru fare at most. I'll be back this year and many more and will do so with out supporting the spineless businesses or the blue haired, fragile pansys waiting for death to call. I don't know about you but I don't get chased out of anywhere.
wildpig -mr wildpig  January 26, 2010 07:27 AM
gurney --you see yer wrong--- black bike week has always been seperate from mb rally... it is amazing the mis information the lies that many have put out concerning black bike week... many have blamed--wrongfully-- the end of mb rally on black bike week-- NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. I HOPE U MORONS WAKE UP AN REALIZE -- HORRY COUNTY CANT STAND US BIKERS-- WHEN I SAY BIKERS I EXCLUDE PROLLY 95% OF YALL. READ MY LIPS NOT A DIME AGIN IN OH 10 FOR HORRY COUNTY. myrtle beach became as the years went by -- justa dam yankee punk ass bike rally.................
Gurney -loved it once upon a time..  January 24, 2010 10:50 PM
What flabbergasts me is that when bike week should have been banned and slammed, was when it was segregated (most of it's lifetime)! Now the groups have started 'blending' somewhat they want to shut the whole thing down..But who am I kiddin'..it's the south. Understand that the residents of MB voted this mayor in, he couldn't have confidently pursued this course of action without support from the local voting constituency. This mayor and previous mayors that were hostile to the bike events (Memorial Day BikeFest in particular). I've been a loyal visitor over the years but have truly been failing to see why I am fighting so hard to give my hard earned money to people that openly express their contempt for my kind. The brotherhood of bikers is what draws me but this is getting to a point where some other inviting destination needs to be found.
WILDPIG -KING WILDPIG  January 23, 2010 04:43 PM
what you morons oughta realize is --NOT A DIME AGIN IN '0 10.
WINO PATRICK -INFORCER  January 23, 2010 02:27 PM
Let's face it this whole thing is about "MONEY" and when it gets right down to the nut cuttin who's got the most they are willing to spend on this issue. The haters in the city gov. sure they have alot of O.P.M to through at it, the ability to get free media time to get there opinion out to anyone that will listen, The ability to temperarely change the laws to fit there weak and narrow minds, And what do we have? Well let's show them what happends when 125,000 to 250,000 biker brothers and sisters can do when we are wronged by city, state, or just your local dictater, Rallie's are a big part of the local economy, No rallie's No economy, lets take our money and spend it somewhere that apreciates it and us, it will not take long before the city council members are tossed out on there narrow minded opinions. there are place's that want us and our money and the free publisity that come's with OUR RALLIE'S To my Brothers and Sisters I say let's show the ignorant S.O.B.s they need us. and to the Ignorant S.O.B.s I say S.T.F.U.
WV Rider -Disappointed  January 21, 2010 05:11 PM
My wife and I love to ride and have been coming to MB for the last 10 years. For the past 3 years we have been making the 10 hour trip twice a year. Once in May for the Harley Rally and later in the year with our two kids. We have been looking for a vacation home on the beach in MB and currently have a local realtor pursuing this effort for us. Last year we asked our kids where to vacation Disney World or MB both said MB. It is becoming evident to us that MB is changing and not for the better. We are going to have to re-evaluate our plans.

What people need to realize is that there are good and bad people in all groups, but the majority of bike riders are honest hard working people that enjoy gathering together to (yes) show off their bikes and enjoy meeting others from around this great Nation that share in the same past time. Its a shame that MB is distroying this great tradition as well as runing the reputation as a great vacation spot.

As note that the majority of people who own Harley Davidson are accomplished professionals. The average HD costs between 18k to 28k.

We have disposable cash!!! That MB must not want or need.
harry -hd  January 21, 2010 11:48 AM
I will never set foot in mb. On famly vacation. Do to the rude people of mb. bashing bikers. I ride for fun. never ben for bike week. Dont like big crouds. but that my chois. spreed the word to frend and famly. Not to vacation in mb. It will trickal down and make a diferns. every budy nows a biker.
Bob -It's the same place...  January 20, 2010 06:38 AM
Unless you live in the area; Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Garden City, Murrels Inlet, Little River, and Conway are all the same place and any dollars you spend are going into the same pockets. This is why we hear people say "we're going to Myrtle Beach" when they have a place booked in Garden City - it's the same place. You can't boycott half of it - either boycott the whole deal or accept the City of Myrtle Beach's control over you.
Who's your God? -Bike Week  January 19, 2010 11:39 PM
Anyone who rides a bike has the same to lose or gain and I personaly love Sportbikes, cruisers and dirt bikes. They are all great to ride. I sincerly hope that the local residents get it together and get their new mayor out of office and replace him with someone who has everyone's interest covered. I really can't imagine having a helmet law set up for one town. Can you imagine riding through our great country and never knowing which town you must wear a hlmet and witch one doesn't require one. I believe in the end this law will get shot down. A sad story but maybe something good will come out of it. As far as people who ride are concerned another venue is always an option and that town will benifit greatly from the business that most of our generous biking community can offer.
Law-Vet -Wildpig who???  January 19, 2010 07:43 PM
Are any of those companys on the American stock exchange except Harley? Does the money they make stay here in this country or go there??

I watched the Ultra Calssic assembly in York, PA (thats here in the US) and saw american workers building it with american steel!

Ford? The only car company that didn't take bail out money, that one? Go tell Passing wind, he's in to the big stock tips.

I do agree that Harley should step up and support a ralley. Oh yeah, They're setting up a HOG event in North Myrtle for bikers. WHICH IS WHAT THIS WHOLE ARTICLE IS ABOUT!!!!


wildpig -mr wildpig to you  January 19, 2010 06:19 PM
hd has sourced out bearings to japan for at least since 1975--- dont even for a secnd think hd is american made -- who u think made the motor for the v rod? where do u think the electronics are assembled for the ultra classic? course i aint got a good opinion of corporate harley-- hell this latest ceo never even sat on a motorcycle.......... all the execs at harley are a buncha has beens from ford motor company...................
Law Vet -correction  January 19, 2010 05:06 PM
Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha are forign based companys. That was my point. Sorry that confused you. The money made buy their sales goes to a forign company. Not a US one, like Harley or Indian or the independent makers here.


So-Crates -law-vet....who's the moron?  January 19, 2010 02:40 PM
"I have nothing against the other types, except I'm a US Army vet and refuse to own a product owned by a company in coutry that tourtured and killed American soldiers." Apparently, you meant that you refuse to own a product MADE by a company...not OWNED by a company, since it is OWNED by you. That said, you are totally oblivious to the fact that not all Harley PARTS are manufactured in the ole USA...so, just because Harley buys parts from Germany and China and ASSEMBLES them in America, means that your money is still going to a country that "tortured and killed American soldiers." CONGRATS!
cary -mbbw  January 19, 2010 11:43 AM
MBBW as we know is over for better or worse especially with the economy. I think if the mayor knew the economy would have a taken a turn like this he may have opted to stay mute on the biker rally. All areas of the country are seeing lower turn outs at there rallies. Daytona and Sturgis maybe the only two rallies that truly survive this economy and they will see smaller numbers at their rallies.
wildpig -mr wildpig to you  January 19, 2010 07:07 AM
horry county hates bikes an bikers dont be decieved......... that includes barefoot landing north myrtle an murrills inlet...... i encourage any body readin this other than horry county bikers to not go to some phony rally ................. yall blew-- yall lost it --- grow up. nad corporate HARLEY oughta man up for once an find a place down south that will apreciate a good rally an i aint talkin lame ass new bern either-- i know i live very close to new bern.
Law-Vet -Summer vacation?  January 17, 2010 06:15 PM
Thanks for the imput Allen, now either read the whole article or go buy a calender. MBBW is in early May. So unless your summer starts early or you kids are off during the spring, I doubt ANYONE will be on summer vacation, with their kids, in early May. The bike week your refering to is Atlantic Beachfest Black Bike Week and has nothing to do with MBBW. Never the less, discrimination is the same whether it's Harleys or sport bikes. Glad you think it's ok to discriminate based on life styles.
Allen -Clown week  January 17, 2010 05:52 PM
Skipper,I agree.Its almost as if these people take some sort of pride in disrupting the peace of nice vacation spots such as Myrtle Beach. They would be much more respected if they kept their antics to themselves at the local bar or hill climb. I dont think any family on a much deserved summer vacation wants to see,hear or be in the midst of these people.They dont draw any attention when its a few of them out by themselves,so they have spectate in force to get their point across.I know there are some decent bike riders out there, but these 'bikers' who have created these bike weeks, dont have to be in Myrtle Beach to get drunk, noise pollute and start trouble.I have no respect for them. My hats off to Myrtle Beach for the new laws!
Law-vet -And adult quoting cartoons hu?  January 17, 2010 09:04 AM
I never made fun of BMW's or Goldwings. Just thier riders, and that was in responce to the way this whole thread started. Scroll down and read everything and then try again. Each style of Motorcycle has it's own following and it's own lifestyle. All though they do tend to intermingle, they more likely to be apart. The MBBW issue has nothing to do with those differances. They want all mcy out. That includes the sport bikes to the cruisers and the BMW's. Maybe you don't care about being discriminated against but some of us do. I don't ride to "keep up" with anyone! I ride because I love it. The only disrespect I can be gulity of is a non-stock muffler that is still well below the legal limit. It's no louder then the muscle cars that MB is courting in an attempt to bring in a fraction of the tourist they kicked out. Stop with childish clothing comments and my bikes better then yours nonsense and realize MB discriminated against us both based on nothing more then two wheels.
Madfoxx -Back to the subject  January 17, 2010 08:38 AM
The idiocy of the comments by MB resident are astounding. If that is the mentality of those that want to regulate Bike week out of existence, well I say we accommodate them and stay out of MB. If all they want is golfers and beach goers to visit MB so be it. We'll see how long that lasts. To blame Harley riders for all the noise and rowdy behavior is as stupid as it gets. I've been riding for forty years and have ridden with all sorts of people. I would say 90% are good people. You will always have that 10% that are bad apples and make the rest look bad, that goes for any group of people. To make blanket statements like" All those Haley riders dressed like clowns" show your intolerance and hate for people not like you. The power of the dollar is what will turn this around. Does MB want to be a sleepy little summer beach town or a destination city for millions of dollars. When MB is forced to raise taxes and fees because of the drop in revenue, they may change their mind. Boycott Myrtle beach.
Being Impolite -LawVet  January 17, 2010 07:20 AM
Typical loud mouth Harley rider with no respect for the public. You just want to ride on your out of date Harley and show off. You should grow up as you act very immature. The public has every right to disrespect riders like you who do not wear protective clothing, make as much noise as possible and make fun of people who ride safe and respect the laws and the public in general. Your kind make your own rules and bitch when people disagree with you and your stupid riding practice. Go ahead, be a loud mouth show off, ride your tractor Harleys and play dress up. I doubt your HD t shirt and HD do rag will give you much protection when you run off the road trying to keep up with a proper motorcycle. You make fun of Goldwings and BMW's. Well just don't try and keep up with one on any riding condition. You will get your stupid ass blown off the road.
NC -bike week  January 16, 2010 08:51 PM
It is interesting to read these comments. I went to MB bike week for a few days last fall and had a blast. I ride a bigdog with legal pipes and I always wear a helmet no matter the law. I live a couple of hundred miles away and on the trip down I rode with HD, Honda, BMW etc. that I met on the trip everyone was friendly. I stayed in Garden City and hung out most of the time in Murrells Inlet, everyone was cool to talk to even the cops. I thought it was cool how EVERY biker rode thru Myrtle without stopping for gas, food or anything else. Is soon as you got out of Myrtle everything was packed. I did a lot of riding with a lot of different kinds of bikes while I was there and no one was hating or rude to me. Why does anyone care what someone else is riding. Its America ride what you want. If people get a ticket for loud pipes, no helmet or DUI, thats the law. I plan to return in May. Thanks John for the heads up about OBX having a bike week, I love the banks.
law-vet -Moron  January 16, 2010 04:53 PM
I guess I gotta spell it out for you last three morons. Not only am I a Vet but I'm law enforcement. Not only am I law enforcement but I'm a motor cop, guess what I ride at work moron? That's right, a Harley. Before you go bashing me for my comments scroll down and look who started the name calling! I'm a Motor cop for 10 yrs and we target only one type of rider, those who put others in danger with their riding, not those who hurt your over sensative ears with "loud pipes". I've been attending MBBW for 6yrs and EVERY accident down ther has involved some blue hair who should have been taken off the road years ago hitting a mcy. More of the drunk'en residents of Myrtle in thier cars were arrested last year during MBBW then bikers. Again, check your facts.

Reality is Harley is the #1 selling mcy in the WORLD. Get your facts b4 accusing me of stupid statements. The younger generation buys the crotch rockets and then grows up and buys cruisers. All the jap companys keep copying the Harley design, but still can't match it. I have nothing against the other types, except I'm a US Army vet and refuse to own a product owned by a company in coutry that tourtured and killed American soldiers.

MB resident- What do you ride? Nothing I bet. Just a biker hater that found an article you felt you could express you bias opinion on. Enjoy your new taxes and I'll see you in May.
Madd -END IS NIGH!  January 16, 2010 02:40 PM
Only a few people seem to understand this one fact: Authority hates YOU all... Because YOU are on TWO WHEELS! Just garbage in the path of their Mercs and Jags and Lambos... When they get the chance, they will eliminate ALL of us. Not just Harleys or rice rockets or bush whackers... Enjoy your oblivion while it lasts...
Spinner -Real Motorcyce?  January 16, 2010 11:06 AM
Gee Law-Vet what are you smoking? A Harley is a real motorcycle? Well I guess if you want 1940's technology, no horsepower and overpriced then you are right. I think HD has a good thing going as long as the buyers in there 50's and 60's keep buying. They seem to sucker for the HD BS. Buy a bike and then spend more money on parts and clothes etc. The younger generation will never keep HD afloat. They are not stupid enough to sucker for the HD BS. When the current crop of Harley riders retire from riding HD will be out of business. HD tried to market a sport bike (Buell) but failed when they put the boat anchor Harley motor in it and sold it in Harley dealerships. Who in there right mind would want to walk into a Harley dealership to look at a Buell. HD can not even sell the last of the Buell's at 1/2 price. I would not want one for free. Mr Law-Vet you better check out what else is available in the motorcycle world before you make stupid statements about HD motorcycles.
ZX7Ramsay -Support...  January 16, 2010 10:07 AM
It blows my mind the lack of support a lot of these posters seem to show for each other. I ride a sport bike but I know that rights that take away from a Harley or Goldwing rider take away from me. Maybe you should spend less time bashing each other and more time focusing on the fact the we all ride and all of our rights are being taken away.
law-vet -sane  January 16, 2010 09:59 AM
Nice to see some residents and informed people finally posting here.

The anti-bike faction in MB was aimed at Black Bike Week not the Harley crowd. The spineless and corupt members of MB were too afraid to stand up to the NAACP so they attacked all motorcycle riders. Very sad. The reality is that most of MBBW was held in Surfside and Murrels Inlet and all MB got was filled hotels and hard earned money spent in their businesses. Now they get nothing and Surfside and Murrels get it all. The only ones that have stopped going is the fake riders who trailer their bikes down and then ride from bar to bar tring to be bikers. They're not missed.

As for you tools here with the Village people comments and such, honestly guys. You seem to know alot about this with out being MBBW riders or Harley riders. I'm sorry your intimidated by loud pipes and real bikers. Your probably those dorks we see parking accross the street from the bar and then walking in pretending to be bikers. Your like the guy who tried out for the high school football team and then didn't make and walked around say 'they're just a bunch of jocks'. Stop hating, buy a real motorcycle and join the brotherhood that is Harley.
MB Resident -Like it or not - AKA Clown Week  January 16, 2010 09:41 AM
I will choose to "Not Like it". I live near M Beach and I have been a witness to the madness that goes on at both events. It is a crazy bunch of people with no respect for the city or local citizens. They all want to show off with there wild outfits and loud motorcycles. I do not mind the way they dress but the loud exhaust is crazy. First, if they want to dress up like a bunch of idiots that is there business. We can just point and laugh at them. The loud exhaust is different. The noise can be heard for blocks around and does not prove anything. I know these idiots all say that "Loud Pipes Saves Lives". But if these idiots were so concerned about safety then they would wear some protective motorcycle gear instead of the t shirts and no helmets. Of course, the stupid outfits they wear is just another indication of there immature behavior. As for there claims of there spending money here, that is all BS. They spend there money on beer and gas for there stupid Harley motorcycles. Why is it that every time I see a Harley motorcycle it has loud exhaust and the rider is dressed up with some stupid look at me outfit?
Discover Myrtle Beach -Bike Week will continue  January 16, 2010 06:12 AM
Like it or not, Bike Week will continue in the area. Maybe not within the city, but it will happen. We will be very proud to welcome the event.
http://www.DiscoverMyrtleBeach.com/bikeweek
Mcguire -sewer rat  January 16, 2010 03:17 AM
If the good people of Myrtle Beach don't want us we should abide by their wishes. Harden you butt muscles and ride on down to Florida and you are welcome (its warmer too). The Tarpon Springs area Has a endless string of hotels, restruants, and activities up and down Highway 19, and I know they would love the business. But remember we as riders have the responsibility to behave and obey the law. It only takes a few bad apples to ruin the fun for everyone. You know, most of the people who ride are working class citizens so its not mandatory to play bad ass. You could be a good ass!
KM -Not...  January 15, 2010 07:32 PM
Who cares if they don't want my money, I am sure other places will; I am sick and tired of all the BS we have to put up with here is the States. I lived oversea for 10 years in three different countries and never once seen the anti-motorcycle croud like here is the USA. I say live free or die tring and ride what you got crotch rocket, cruser, etc.
Bueller -Some added perspective  January 15, 2010 05:51 PM
As someone who lived in that area from 2005 - 2009, I feel I have a better idea of what happened there as opposed to those who just like to post their opinions about anything. What people need to keep in mind is that there were TWO bike events in the Grand Strand in May, the Harley rally (aka Bike Week) and the Atlantic Beach rally (aka Black Bike Week). Anyone from the area knows that the second rally has been historically the more controversial rally, and the simple fact is, the two events were markedly different in their effect on local businesses, traffic, etc. During the "other" bike rally in 2008, a local resident was murdered during a dispute over a parking spot, and that set all of this stuff in motion. The kneejerk reaction by certain locals was to eliminate all motorcycle rallies in the area, instead of contacting officials in Daytona, Sturgis, or Laconia to see how they handle their much larger rallies.
Boz Martin -I guess it's obvious what we're dealing with here in Myrtle Beach ...  January 15, 2010 03:14 PM
The anti-rally crowd has no sense of reason or fairness about them. They are haters, pure and simple. They're willing to watch Myrtle Beach go straight down the crapper, just so they don't have to be bothered with a little noise and rowdy behavior. They post the same kind of blithering nonsense you see here, to The Sun News, craigslist, Topix, endlessly. On here, to try to fit in, they pretend they ride motorcycles. Yeah ... sure they do ...

I'm a life-long resident of Myrtle Beach. I don't ride (yet. lol). When I see the Harley's coming into town, though, I know it will mean some inconvenience in traffic, etc. But it will also means PROSPERITY for our city. Or at least, it DID, until the failed selective tourism policies of "Take Back May" took effect. The anti-rally freaks are the most short-sighted bunch of selfish fools I've ever encountered.

Anyway ... like I said ... FOCUSED, TARGETTED BOYCOTTS of all the businesses in Myrtle Beach and the Greand Strand who donated to stopping McBride and putting Rhodes back in office. Starting with The Springhouse, Sea Captain's House, The Landmark and The Pallace.

I have the PDF file of all the doners to the PACs, ready to send as attachments to anyone who want it.

- Boz Martin
HelpingHELP4MB@gmail.com
JSH -***  January 15, 2010 11:02 AM
This is not a Cruiser vs. Touring vs. Sportbike issue. The primary issue for all motorcyclists is noise. The 99% of people that do not ride motorcycles are sick of motorcyclists with loud exhausts. The rules passed in Myrtle Beach are not "anti-bike". It would do people good to actually read the rules instead of listening to the propaganda passed around. http://myrtlebeachbikerinfo.com/ordinances.html
local res -just keep posting  January 15, 2010 09:51 AM
just like ever where else they talk about bikes you get one idiot that changes his name and insultes bikers. he is so stupid that he changes his name but will say the same thing over again to give himsellf up. like clown week. most of us outside the city limits welcome bikers. it just the elite that don't want them, then raise sale tax so you pay their property tax for them. if you come enjoy, if not maybe one day you'll be back. be safe
air cooled boxer. -mb and what the reason for it's response.  January 15, 2010 09:39 AM
go to any bmw rally no matter where in the last 10 years,and contact the local authority and their city leaders and find out why they're always welcome back!
Dannicus -Bashing  January 15, 2010 08:55 AM
It's interesting to see how people are reacting to all this. IMHO Harley's are not bad bikes, tho they used to be rather unreliable. They are just another style of bike and they are pleasant to ride around on within their capabilities. The problem I have, is with the group of people who ride motorcycles and happen to be idiots. These guys are usually on two kinds of bikes: Sportbikes and Cruisers. The type of rider I'm talking about often fit stupid loud pipes on their bikes, ride like dumbasses weaving through traffic, and are often quite rude when off their bikes and are even more obnoxious when in groups. Some even like to blast loud ass music from stereos fitted to the bikes. It's one thing to put on your own little fashion show, I don't care about that. What I care about are the guys that make all that f'n noise and/or take needless risks in traffic. BTW, It's not their own lives they risk when riding like idiots on the freeway. There's no need for loud pipes and weaving around and NO ONE is impressed. Let's not single out cruiser riders in all of this. If the gatherings at MB were mostly on crotch rockets, I'm sure the outcome would be the same. I'm not saying that the entire population of cruiser or sport riders are idiots, alot are top notch guys/gals, but those are not the riders that stick in the minds of legislators.
An Agreeable Observer -Clown Week  January 15, 2010 08:54 AM
I was in Stillwater, Mn last summer and the local cop had a bunch of Harley riders pulled over. Each one got a $600 ticket for not having factory exhaust. It is a city ordinance and they enforce it. I had to laugh. All the Harley clowns were yelling about there rights. The cop gave about 8 or 9 of them another ticket for littering as they were throwing there cigarette butts all over while he was writing the tickets. The townspeople and tourist that were there watching were all clapping and saying that they wish they had an ordinance like that in there city. Three of the idiots also got a OWI and got hauled away in the patty wagon. I bet they fit in well dressed in there pirate outfit in the county jail. Harley riders create there on animosity buy the way they act, dress and ride there bikes without mufflers. The public is tired of it........
Superbikemike -clown week....  January 15, 2010 08:15 AM
the whole noise ordinance thing is happening all over the country, not just myrtle beach..... the village people need to quit with all that noise.... quit killing the game.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDEEGd94PWo
Just Agreeing With Ride Responsible -Clown Week For Sure  January 15, 2010 08:01 AM
90% of Harley riders are loud, obnoxious and disrespectful of community laws. They just care about themselves, making useless noise, showing off and having fun at somebody else expense. They dress up like a bunch of idiots so everybody will think they are a bunch of bad assess. Well, believe me nobody thinks they are a bad ass. They are just plain dumb assess with there loud under powered motorcycles. A Harley is a pathetic example of a motorcycle. Christ, HD has not changed that bike for 40 years. Why should they when the only reason the idiots buy them is because they sound cool without a muffler. If there was a nationwide law banning bikes without stock exhaust HD would be out of business in a few months. Harley's are not cool and the morons who ride them are going to find it harder to find a place that will put up with there immature acting.
Tlang -A city full of pirates - No Thanks  January 15, 2010 07:25 AM
I live very close to the Myrtle Beach area. I agree with the city to do their best to get rid of / ban the Myrtle Beach Bike Week. To be perfectly honest, I detest most riders that ride Harley Davidson motorcycles. The reason you say: I am a gear nazi, and proud of it. Ride with ATGATT, respect the MB residents, obey city ordinances, follow traffic laws. Harley Davidson motorcyclists will never follow the above rules. Why you say.....IT'S NOT COOL.
Ride Responsible -Clown Week For Sure  January 15, 2010 06:52 AM
The Harley riders make there own bed by riding with disregard for other people. They want to show off with there pirate costumes and loud exhaust. The public is just tired of seeing these guys riding from bar to bar making as much noise as possible. Maybe if they would act more responsible you would not get so much Harley bashing. People sucker for the "Harley Lifestyle" and the public has to put up with it. My city has enacted a new noise ordinance that takes effect in 7 weeks. It is backed by the SAE J2825 road side sound test. An officer can ticket these morons now with the same confidence as the readings from a radar gun or breathalyzer. These morons have brought this on themselves. There is absolutely no reason for a motorcycle to have no muffler or for a biker to sit at a stoplight reving his engine just to make a lot of noise. At least we will have some peace and quite now. I will wager that 75% of the Harley riders will sell there bikes. The only reason they own them is they think they sound "cool" without a muffler and they want to show off. There are many communities like Myrtle Beach that are tired of these clowns and my city is one of them. Like the slogan says "RIDE TO PRETEND - PRETEND TO RIDE".
wildpig -mr wildpig-- consultant to the stars an lessor peoples of the earth-- thatd be yall  January 15, 2010 06:09 AM
well well well-- mb is dead an gone- end of story. horry county in spite of what many of you dudes believe is still an always has been just as anti-biker as myrtle beach. of course sonny an sonny productions will try his best to get you to come down-- lmao-- cuz he makes the money when u show up=== HOWS THIS -- F HORRY COUNTY -- NOT A DIME IN O 10-- AGIN. NOW PUT THAT IN YER PIPE N SMOKE IT. I AM WILDPIG-- YOU PROLLY HAVE HEARD OF ME.
Hogtied -Who really cares?  January 15, 2010 05:23 AM
The town's people have made it clear - we're not welcome. Why spend your hard-earned money where you're no longer accepted. The only people who will really feel the pain are those who run restaurants, motels, gas stations, the vendors, the clubs, the t-shirt shops.. oh, wait.. you mean there actually IS a financial impact to not having bikers in town..

I say screw 'em.. I'll spend my money riding the mountains of western NC rather than the beaches of SC.
OBX JOHN -THANKS BUT NO THANKS  January 15, 2010 02:04 AM
THE OBX NOW HAS A BIKE WEEK IN APRIL AND THEY LOVE THE ADDED INCOME>> YOU DEMS>IN MB CAN JUST TAX YOURSELF FOR THE LOSS INCOME,IT's CALLED "OBMANOMIC'S"
keith -good reporting  January 14, 2010 09:34 PM
Good, strong, editorial content, Harley man!
Sailor -Myrtle Bech Cluster F**K  January 14, 2010 09:25 PM
About the time I was planning to attend the rally, and spend a lots of money, The place suddenly seemed to turn "anti-biker". I'm also a member of H.O.G. and I can see no reason to waste money in Myrtle Beach since there are more welcoming locations elsewere. Time to move on.
Law vet -Weak  January 14, 2010 05:03 PM
Thanks for the post passing wind. When I need advice on purchasing something I'll be sure to come find you. A guy who thinks he has to buy a motorcycle with more lights then a tractor trailer, adjustable wind shields, air, and cool intercoms and then calls himself a biker must be a real cool guy. Face it tough guy, you should have just bought a convertable and left that 1000lbs of gay old man on the showroom floor. You need the extra 20hp to lug the 300lbs of extra bs attached to that lump of shit. In case your as uninformed as you sound, they have oldwing week the week before the Grand Strand ralley. You biker wanna be's come down and camp with that jap crap and hit the early bird specials everynight. Then you hightail it back to the holes you hide in before the real bikers get there.
Responsible People -Clown Week  January 14, 2010 02:02 PM
I thought Myrtle Beach has made any motorcycle gathering illegal? I am sure they are sick and tired of the Harley bunch showing off in there city. I think these bikers are very insecure people. If you have to wear a costume and have a very loud motorcycle then you are, in your own way, asking for attention. Maybe you should think about and consider other people when you ride your motorcycle with no mufflers. More and more laws are being passed everyday due to the reckless riding of these bikers. They are the "Look At Me" crowd that give every biker a bad name.
Passing Thru -Clown Week  January 14, 2010 12:07 PM
To Rally or Not - I think not. The public has had enough of the beer drinking motorcycle morons on there loud bikes. I certainly agree with Skipper. And Law-Vet, maybe you need to see a doctor. You might have a serious personality problem. If you have to dress up like the Village People and make a lot of noise with your motorcycle than YOU have a problem, not the guys riding Goldwings. At least they made a good decision when they bought there bike. I believe your Harley cost as much or more and has a whopping 65 or 70 horsepower. Not enough to get out of your own way much less pass a Goldwing. Watch out, a Goldwing will blow your stupid ass off the road.
Kirk -Skippy pt duex.  January 14, 2010 12:02 PM
Typo correction. "may be boneheaded". Sorry, please drive through.
Kirk -Skip's a sad man  January 14, 2010 12:01 PM
Hey Skippy,

I'm a BMW rider (currently) and I believe you make just be a bonehead. These guys spend tons of money that has a direct effect on the local economy. Drunk or not they are consumers with cash. I'd welcome them to Atlanta if they could ever put together a well organized event.
BTW- Don't think for a minute that the Honda Hoot didn't have it's fair share of drinkers. Let alone, it's own crowd of matching Tourmaster gear to paint color riders.
Boz Martin -Great article Bryan! -- LET THE TARGETTED BOYCOTTS BEGIN!!!  January 14, 2010 11:39 AM
I'm Sharing this on Facebook. I'll try to share it on the Myrtle Beach Sun News site, too, but I think I may be bozoed on there (again!).

I'm hoping that a movement can be started for SPECIFIC, TARGETTED boycotting of all the doners to the dirty tricks campaign against Mark McBride. The Sun News article on the campaignn against McBride has a link to the doner's list for those 3 PACs you mentioned. That list is Who's Who on who to boycott! LOL

Here's the link to the PDF file of doners:
http://media.thesunnews.com/smedia/2010/01/12/10/McBrideDocs.source.prod_affiliate.78.pdf

I can be contacted by email here: bozthebuzzman@gmail.com


Btw, my FB profile with over 2,500 Friends was disabled recently, along with an anti-Rhodes FB group of over 3,000 of which I was a co-Admin. This happened after my account was hacked into, possibly by anti-Rally/pro-Rhodes operatives. They are really going after people like me who are outspoken on these issues and who are calling the Powers That Be on their BS.

But in the end they will lose. They are NOT in the majority in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand ... they just won the dirtiest election victory that dirty money can buy.

We WILL turn this around!

- Boz Martin
"Helping HELP 4 Myrtle Beach"
Law-vet -Really?  January 14, 2010 11:21 AM
Flipper, you must be one of those goldwing homo's to be on a motorcycle website trashing Harley riders. Do us bikers a favor and spend more time putting putting lights and tassels on your two wheel convertable and less time expressing your pointless unwanted opinions.
Skipper -Clown Week  January 14, 2010 10:55 AM
I do not think everybody is interested in a bunch of morons on there harleys getting drunk and acting like idiots. These clowns give the whole motorcycle industry a bad name with there stupid outfits and there loud motorcycles.